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Tetsuya Umeda


The subtle things in everyday life still move us, inspire us

Tetsuya Umeda uses everyday materials that anyone can find: water, plastic bottles, empty cans, rice, cardboard, light bulbs, home electronics, and more. He creates a physical space and a temporal experience by homing in on, and at times integrating, a location’s nature, its functionality, and the context of the land. Perhaps this is why the boundaries that define his works are blurred. In extreme terms, if someone strikes up a conversation with you on your way home after viewing, you may wonder whether it’s also part of the artwork.

Umeda’s latest touring piece is built from the fruits of his spatial observations and interventions, which enable him to make the most of the venue’s architecture. The result is something between an exhibition and a performance. Audience members are guided at staggered intervals through a distinctive three-floor building built in 1930, which once served as a bank. On each floor—composed of installations that utilize the building’s structure—audience members encounter tour guides and people incorporated into the work, stumbling across numerous minor occurrences. Will they witness a particular moment? What will draw their attention? Umeda’s work deftly leads us beyond our actions and perceptions, showing how it’s possible for us to “alter” our experience of the piece. This realization then echoes in our daily life. When we emerge onto the streets of Kyoto, what kind of landscape will we see?

10.13 (Thu)–10.14 (Fri)
17:00 / 17:20 / 17:40 / 18:00
19:00 / 19:20 / 19:40 / 20:00 / 20:20

10.15 (Sat)–10.16 (Sun)
13:00 / 13:20 / 13:40 / 14:00
15:00 / 15:20 / 15:40 / 16:00 / 16:20

Reception opens 30 min prior to the performance, doors open at the show start time.

Duration: 60 min (TBC)

Age limit and other information:
Junior high school students and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is a tour-style performance. Please note there are no lifts or escalators at this venue. 9 people per performance.

Tetsuya Umeda


Tetsuya Umeda
Photo by Yuko Amano

Umeda produces installations that are inspired by and incorporate existing elements found in the environment and circumstances surrounding the exhibition space including its architectural structure. In addition to exhibitions in museums and art institutions, he has produced numerous site-specific works based on the context of both urban spaces and the natural environment. His performance works have also been presented in Japan and abroad, these include tours that invite the audience to unfamiliar places, stage works that focus on various functions found in theaters and chorus projects without a center point. He is also internationally renowned as a leading artist in the field of sound art. Recent performance works include Composite: Variations/Circle (Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2017, Brussels) and INTERNSHIP (Asia Cultural Center, Gwangju, 2016; TPAM 2018, KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater, Yokohama). Recent group exhibitions include Saitama Triennale 2020 (Former Omiya Ward Office). His recent solo exhibitions include Tetsuya Umeda in Beppu “Zero-Tai” (Oita, 2020-2021). Umeda is a 2022 Saison Fellow II.

Concept and Direction: Tetsuya Umeda
Set-up Assistant: Gentaro Fukano, Makoto Hirabayashi
Performers: Haruka Sakai, Sora Sasaki, Ryohei Tatsumi, Erina Yoshimura
Cafe: yamashokuon (Takeshi Azuma)
Technical Coordinator: Masaya Natsume
Production Manager: Shunsuke Manabe
Produced by Kyoto Experiment
In co-operation with JAM, hyslom
With the special cooperation of Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council and National Arts Council
Presented by Kyoto Experiment